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Saving bird eye chilli seeds

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 12:08

Hi Nicola,

Chilli seeds are usually a yellow/light brown colour once dry. If they are turning a dark brown then they probably are dying rather than drying. Shop brought chillies may have been kept in cold storage for a few weeks before being placed on the shelves. 

For more information on chillies take a look at the Allotment-Web Chillies chilli pages. There is a new searchable database.


flowering rhubarb

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 16:19

Hi Diggingdoris,

It's not unusual for Rhubarb to send up flowers spikes. I have 8 crowns. Some send up flower spikes, some don't. You did the right thing by cutting the flower spike off. The plants use high levels of energy producing seed which is just a waste. I usually cut the stem off as close to soil level as I can.

If you think the soil is rich, then just leave it be. If you have concerns about the levels of nutrients, try a sprinkle of pelleted chicken manure around the base of each crown.

Good luck


Cauli, sprouts and cabbages

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:47

Hi Greg,

Hardening off plants is something which is often overlooked. At this time of year, we can have warm days and cold nights. plants which have been kept in a conservatory  or greenhouse may be shocked by the cold. This shocking can 'check' the plant which means it stops growing or growth slows considerably for a few weeks.

Hardening off is simple and you only need do it for 5 - 7 days before planting out. Highly recommended, especially if you've paid good money for the plants.

Golden courgette

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 20:42

Hi Jess,

Don't forget, if you're growing a greedy feeder like a courgette in a pot, you may need to feed it throughout the season.

Best proven seeding compost

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 18:24


Seeds can be tricky so go for a good quality John Innes seed sowing compost.

Try having a look at



Onions and garlic

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 19:54

You could always start both the shallots and garlic off in pots in the greenhouse, then transplant them out in 6-8 weeks when the soil is dryer and warmer.

raspberry help

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 23:00

You could try Nemasys Caterpillar Control - it's a beneficial nematode that will kill off sawfly and caterpillars

More info here

Good Luck

Onions and garlic

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 22:52

The garlic will certainly be fine being planted now providing the soil isn't too wet and cold. The onions and shallots should both be fine too providing they are firm and free from mould.




Hope it helps

cordoned fruit trees

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 11:42


I recently purchased 2 trees from Ashridge Nurseries which I intend to grow as espalier trees. Really pleased with the quality and the service.

DT Brown Seeds Ltd

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 21:14

You might find they are struggling to get the stock. The floods last year destroyed fields of seed potatoes. Not saying that's what happening, just a thought

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